For a beautiful collection of photographs
spanning the major
periods of Cyprus history, you may visit the special page
of the "Cyprus Press and Information Office"
is considered among the most probable birthplaces of the goddess of
Love. Homer and other writers, referring to Aphrodite, call her
"Cypria". In various inscriptions around Cyprus she is called "anassa"
(meaning "queen"), or, locally, "Paphian", "Idalian", etc.
The most famous depiction of the goddess is in the marble statue from
the Hellenistic period, found in Soloi. Now,
The Aphrodite of Soloi
adorns the entrance to the Cyprus Museum of Antiquities.
Would I might go to Cyprus,
island of Aphrodite,
where the Erotes,
bewitching goddesses of love,
soothe the hearts of humankind,
or to Paphos, rich and fertile,
not with rain, but with the waters
of a hundred flowing mouths
of a strange and foreign river.
In such words Euripides (Bacchae
.) celebrates the
prosperity and character of Cyprus.